My Approach to Helping
Paula Butler a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist as well as a LicensedCertified Addiction Counselor. She is committed to helping individuals and couples find resiliency, meaning and purpose in their lives.
William Shakespeare wrote, "This above all, to thine own self be true." As a therapist, my role is to help you become true to yourself by working through old narratives, unhealthy patterns, and discouraging self-talk that prevent you from being the person you would like to be. Although your family environment, early experiences, past and current social interactions, have played an important role in the development of your personality and perspective on life, they do not have to define your future.
Facing the fears and worries you may have been avoiding is a sign of strength, whether you are a teen, adult, or couple. I applaud your courage. It means you are ready to challenge thoughts, beliefs and experiences that could be an underlying source of suffering for you. It also shows, that you are able to embrace feelings that may have something important to tell you, even if those feelings are temporarily unpleasant. We will not always stick to a strict sixty minute session. If we are into something important, we do not have to stop on the spot. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about myself or my practice.
More Info About My Practice
In addition to serving clients at my Oak Brook and Arlington Heights locations, I have added a third office:
33 W. Higgins Road
South Barrington, IL. 60010
I accept the following forms of payment:
* Blue Cross Blue Shield-PPO
* United Behavioral Health
* Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover
* Personal Check
* Bank Transfer
You will know you have reached the end of therapy when you are more confident in the face of uncertainties, more resilient during high stress, more happy with your choices, and more clear about the opportunities before you.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I use a variety of therapeutic approaches in helping teens, adults, and couples use effective communication skills for difficult conversations, increase psychological balance, deepen emotional strength, clarify mental confusions, and gain greater self-awareness and presence, including:
* Client-centered therapy, developed by Carl Rogers PhD
* SFBT (Solution Focused Brief Therapy), developed at Milwaukee Brief Family Therapy Center
* ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) developed by Steven Hayes PhD
* Narrative Therapy, developed by David Epston and Michael White
* EFT (emotionally focused couples therapy) developed by Sue Johnson EdD
* The Gottman Method as originated by John Gottman PhD and Julie Gottman PhD
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
* Relationship issues
* Addiction and Substance Abuse
* Social anxiety
* Pro sport family issues